I’m Sure There’s a Yakov Smirnoff Joke to be Made Here Somewhere — “Viy” (1967)

Reblogged from earlier this year. In case you missed my review the first time around, “Viy” is an awesome Russian-language ghost story you may not have seen or even heard of, available right now on YouTube for your Halloween binge watching needs.

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Directed by Konstantin Yershov, Georgi Kropachyov

Three monks, an orator, a philosopher, and a theologian, get lost in the Ukrainian countryside trekking home from their monastery. They come to a farmhouse. They bang on the gate. An elderly woman (played by a man, I believe) shambles out from inside. “Have mercy on us, my good woman!” the men of faith plead. “It’s unforgivable to let Christian souls perish in the night.” The “old skinflint”, as they rudely refer to her to her face, acquiesces. Her room, she claims, is limited, so the philosopher, Khoma Brutus, is sent to sleep in her cow stalls.

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